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Fonds AM638 - Save Our Parklands Association fonds

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Save Our Parklands Association fonds

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  • 1960-1988 (Creation)
    Save Our Parklands Association

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.93 m of textual records

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The Save Our Parklands Association (S.O.P.A.) was founded in 1962 to promote the preservation and establishment of parks in the Lower Mainland and throughout British Columbia. The Association developed from a Citizens' Committee formed in 1960 to save the old Shaughnessy Golf Course as a park instead of the housing development proposed by the landowners, the C.P.R. In addition to lobbying all levels of government to purchase the Shaughnessy Golf Course, the members of the committee decided to continue the promotion of other possible parklands and so formally incorporated in 1963. The S.O.P.A. worked for the creation or maintenance of numerous parks such as Jericho, the Point Grey foreshore, and Hastings Park. The Association lobbied the provincial government to establish more parks and improve services in others. The interest of the group in areas outside of the Lower Mainland increased in later years, although it remained primarily based in Greater Vancouver. The most visible achievement of the Association occurred in 1970 when most of the old Shaughnessy Golf Course was purchased for use as VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

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The fonds consists of Save Our Parklands Association minutes, 1961-1988; minutes of the Citizens' Committee to Save Shaughnessy Golf Course, 1960-1961; membership lists; constitution and by-laws; correspondence, 1962-1988; and subject files, 1958-1983, which primarily relate to specific parks. The collection is divided into two series: administration files and subject files.

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The papers were presented in 1979, with additional material in 1987, by Dr. Frank Turnbull. A further accrual of minutes and correspondence was received from Philip Haddock in 1989.


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